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Nice article!

I agree with the section about the aesthetics, don't dig any of the Rotobox designs, so BST would be for me even if its less polished.
 

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Nice write-up. I am hoping to purchase some CF wheels for next season and know next to nothing on the differences between brands.
 

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Rotobox has long been the ugly duckling when it came to the carbon fiber wheel market, however after performing a substantial amount of research, I decided on a set of matte black RBX2 wheels with ceramic bearings for my 899 and the improvement to the acceleration, braking, and maneuverability of the bike was tremendous.

Once they were installed on the bike, I knew that I had made the right decision.
 

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Rotobox has long been the ugly duckling when it came to the carbon fiber wheel market, however after performing a substantial amount of research, I decided on a set of matte black RBX2 wheels with ceramic bearings for my 899 and the improvement to the acceleration, braking, and maneuverability of the bike was tremendous.

Once they were installed on the bike, I knew that I had made the right decision.
Hi Sinjin,

Did you really get substantial gains as far as acceleration and braking? That's sweet. I thought it mostly improved handling, but thinking about it, it makes sense that it would improve accel. and braking, I just don't usually see people mention that.
Care to take a guess on improvements on 0-60 and a 1/4 mile?
 

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Hi Sinjin,

Did you really get substantial gains as far as acceleration and braking? That's sweet. I thought it mostly improved handling, but thinking about it, it makes sense that it would improve accel. and braking, I just don't usually see people mention that.
Care to take a guess on improvements on 0-60 and a 1/4 mile?
I am afraid that I couldn't. Even venture a guess... however, I can tell you that I routinely rode with other Panigale 1199 / 1299 owners and it was able to corner significantly better and out accelerate the larger bikes that were base models or without upgraded wheels already, but after installing the RBX2 wheels, corner entry and exit required far less effort and I was able to stay further ahead and hang much longer on the straights. In fact, unless it was a longer stretch of road allowing the liter class bikes to stretch their legs, often times they would barely have an opportunity to take advantage of the higher displacement.
 

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I am afraid that I couldn't. Even venture a guess... however, I can tell you that I routinely rode with other Panigale 1199 / 1299 owners and it was able to corner significantly better and out accelerate the larger bikes that were base models or without upgraded wheels already, but after installing the RBX2 wheels, corner entry and exit required far less effort and I was able to stay further ahead and hang much longer on the straights. In fact, unless it was a longer stretch of road allowing the liter class bikes to stretch their legs, often times they would barely have an opportunity to take advantage of the higher displacement.
Gotcha. That sounds very encouraging. Now imagine CF wheels on a 1299 :grin2: or a V4>:)
 

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Gotcha. That sounds very encouraging. Now imagine CF wheels on a 1299 :grin2: or a V4>:)
Indeed.

Ask M.A. (Motomillion) about his former S1000RR with the Rotobox Boost wheels that he just sold.
 

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https://www.ducatiforum.co.uk/threads/lightweight-wheels.22148/#post-348788

"The Weight savings is approx. 4-6 lbs per rim.
That comes out to: 16oz. x 5 lbs = 80 oz Weight savings on average per Rim
It's huge when you take into account that 1 oz. on 17" Rims is = to 25 lbs of rotating mass at 100mph.
So, if we do the math, 80 oz. x 25 = 2000 lbs of rotating mass is removed from your rims.
That is Huge.
Think how much faster your bike can accelerate without that weight.
And how much faster your top end is, without that weight
Copied and pasted from another site,the 899 rear rim is a porker @9kg
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https://motowheels.com/i-23900021-bst-5-spoke-wheel-set-ducati-panigale-899-959-5-5-rear.html

$2995

https://www.motomillion.com/collect...-set-for-899-959-panigale?variant=35737587086

$3370

???

Decisions decisions....
 

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@Pard - the new Rotobox is definitely more appealing than the older ones, but nothing screams louder than a carbon spoke! And did you see those color options!!!!!
 

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I am afraid that I couldn't. Even venture a guess... however, I can tell you that I routinely rode with other Panigale 1199 / 1299 owners and it was able to corner significantly better and out accelerate the larger bikes that were base models or without upgraded wheels already, but after installing the RBX2 wheels, corner entry and exit required far less effort and I was able to stay further ahead and hang much longer on the straights. In fact, unless it was a longer stretch of road allowing the liter class bikes to stretch their legs, often times they would barely have an opportunity to take advantage of the higher displacement.
I am very close to pulling the trigger on a set of carbon wheels.

To see if I could tell the difference in bike handling with heavier wheels I experimented with a small dual sport I have. I replaced the lightweight dual sport tube tire on the front 21 inch wheel for a Pirelli tubeless street tire and installed a heavy duty tube.

The difference was remarkable. Remarkably more effort required to get the bike turned in with the extra weight, acceleration was slower and the braking force required to stop was also higher. The science is real.
 

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Science don’t lie! Which wheels you buying???



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I am very close to pulling the trigger on a set of carbon wheels.

To see if I could tell the difference in bike handling with heavier wheels I experimented with a small dual sport I have. I replaced the lightweight dual sport tube tire on the front 21 inch wheel for a Pirelli tubeless street tire and installed a heavy duty tube.

The difference was remarkable. Remarkably more effort required to get the bike turned in with the extra weight, acceleration was slower and the braking force required to stop was also higher. The science is real.
I suggest BSTs but also don't forget that there are plenty of lightweight options aside from carbon also...
 

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https://motowheels.com/i-23900021-bst-5-spoke-wheel-set-ducati-panigale-899-959-5-5-rear.html

I am likely going to get the BSTs. Still shopping around, but they seem to be the best value as far as I can tell.
Maybe holler Jarel at Ducati Omaha, there is a member discount if you are on ducatiforum.com also he is a wealth of info on the subject and they usually have a lot of take off parts from track bikes. When I got my bike form him they had an extra set of OZs knocking around for a great price.
 

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Maybe holler Jarel at Ducati Omaha, there is a member discount if you are on ducatiforum.com also he is a wealth of info on the subject and they usually have a lot of take off parts from track bikes. When I got my bike form him they had an extra set of OZs knocking around for a great price.
I will do that. Thank you!
 

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I will do that. Thank you!
I've been shopping for the BST - 7 spokes for my 1199. Contact Mani at Moto Million, (Originator of this thread and forum vendor) I think you'll find he has great prices as well. :wink2:
 
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Maybe holler Jarel at Ducati Omaha, there is a member discount if you are on ducatiforum.com also he is a wealth of info on the subject and they usually have a lot of take off parts from track bikes. When I got my bike form him they had an extra set of OZs knocking around for a great price.
Can you share what you paid for them?
 
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